How To Foster Reading In Your Family
The more you learn, the more you earn. — Warren Buffett
Successful people never stop learning. Just look at the most successful entrepreneurs — they are lifetime learners and commit to learning new things. Every. Single. Day.
Some of the voracious readers include:
- Warren Buffett, one of the richest people on the planet, reads five-six hours a day
- Mark Cuban, a billionaire entrepreneur, reads three-plus hours a day
- Arthur Blank, a billionaire entrepreneur, reads two-plus hours a day
- David Rubenstein, a billionaire investor, reads six books a week
- Dan Gilbert, a billionaire entrepreneur, reads one to two hours a day
- Oprah Winfrey credits reading for much of her success
- Elon Musk read two books a day when he was younger
- Mark Zuckerberg reads a book every two weeks
- Jeff Bezos read hundreds of science fiction novels by the time he was 13
- the CEO of Disney Bob Iger gets up every morning at 4:30 a.m. to read
- Theodore Roosevelt read one book a day when busy, and two to three a day when he had a free evening
Woah, quite impressive, right?
We must use our time wisely. Do not waste it on meaningless things. Use it to learn new things.
Become THE role model in your family
I believe reading is paramount for a child’s development and success in life. To instill the right habits and growth mindset, you need to do two things.
First, remove all obstacles that prevent your kids from reading. Obviously, the television is the biggest one and hardest to get rid off.
Become a role model: you need to stop wasting time watching TV and your children will (have to) follow.
In our family, we have cut the TV cord a year ago and it was one of the best things we did. Kids were crying for two days, then accepted the fact the TV is no longer an option, and started loving books. #winWin ❤️
The time you spent watching TV or playing video games will never come back. Once it’s gone, it’s gone forever. Use your time wisely. Study and learn hard!
Second, create an environment where reading is a daily habit to instill the growth mindset.
With our two little ones, we aim to read at least one, ideally two hours per day.
Become a role model: read at home so that your kids see you reading, too. They need to see you value reading and read every day. Then, they’ll adopt it as a normal part of life.
When I’m reading an e-book on iPhone or Kindle, I always tell my kids that I’m reading a book. I show it to them, or even read a sentence or two. This is for them a great recurring reminder.
Become the right role model: read a lot!
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